So, if you don;t know who Richard and Judy are, they are TV presenters who run a televised book club kinda thing. If they say they liked it, sales of that book go up. A lot afaia.
And they're looking for the next bestseller. Yay! Right?
Only I'm not 100% sure tbh. I mean, yes who doesn't want a 50K deal? With a massive built in platform (The bookclub)
Only some of the T&C's seem a bit...off to me. So I thought I'd post here, because maybe I'm wrong (in which case UK/RoI writers have a new contest to go in for!) or maybe I'm not and it might not be worth the entry.
Here is the entry form with T&C
Here's a few things that puzzle me
So you basically cannot have subbed this, anywhere, for it to be eligible. Not even to agents. I'm not sure whether this also means you can't sub to agents after you sub here, but before the results are announced, ie while the contest is ongoing (it seems implied, but not outright stated so I'm not sure). The shortlist in to be announced next March, and the winner next September. Which, if you can't sub elsewhere in the meantime, means you've got a six-twelve month exclusive out there. And it's not like at an agency, where if they love two authors, they'll probably take on two authors -- only one MS will win.1.4: have not previously submitted your partial novel (the “Extract”) to a publishing company or literary agency, and have not previously had a novel published or released into the public domain in any format, including but not limited to the internet;
Then the prize. 50k deal with Quercus, which would be pretty cool tbh. Oh and you get an agent (what if they aren't the agent for you? hmm. Anyway).
I've got a few other little niggles (you get the agent you are given for this book and your next work of fiction -- what if you can't stand them? -- the contract will include unspecified ancillary rights) but I'm not sure how much of an issue they'd be -- maybe none to some, maybe a lot to others.
Anyway, just thought I'd pop it out there as an opportunity if I'm being paranoid, or for others to look over and help people make their choices if I'm not.
I mean, if I was eligible, I'd be tempted by a legit agent/publisher/50k/Richard and Judy love. But maybe not tempted enough for a 6 month exclusive